As even a prophet of their own hath said:
“That view of the Cross, it cannot be denied, runs counter to the mind of natural man. It is not, indeed, complicated or obscure; on the contrary it is so simple that a child can understand, and what is really obscure is the manifold modern effort to explain the Cross away in such fashion as to make it more agreeable to human pride” (J. Gresham Machen, What Is Faith?, p. 144).
Men such as James R. White and Douglas Wilson are among those who explain the efficacious cross-work of Christ (and other doctrines absolutely essential to the gospel) “away in such [an obviating] fashion as to make it more agreeable to [unregenerate] human pride.”
The Biblical doctrine of the efficacious satisfaction of Jesus Christ that demands and ensures the salvation, justification, and redemption of all whom He represented is NOT a Treasure or a Precious Pearl to the fashionable Calvinist connoisseurs .
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it” (Matthew 13:44-46).
Rather than sell all for the true Christ of Scripture the mature, careful, and hoary-headed connoisseurs proceed to disallow and sell the true Christ for a false view of love to brothers/sisters, irenicism, and a bowlful of spiritual porneia (cf. Ezekiel 13:9-16; Jeremiah 14:11-16; Revelation 18:4; 2 John 9-11).
“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord [is] gracious. To whom coming, [as unto] a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, [and] precious” (1 Peter 2:1-4).
Newly regenerate babes in Christ intensely desire and long after the unadulterated milk of the word [Greek: logikos]. Contrary to what most professing Christians believe, the newly regenerate babe’s growth in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ is NOT initiated and facilitated with the unreasonable poison of error, but rather with the pure and reasonable milk of truth (1 Peter 2:2; cf. Romans 12:1).
Most who claim the name of Christ disallow and disesteem the truly precious Cornerstone. These builders attempt to construct a temple without a Cornerstone, without a Foundation. Of course, as professing Christians these builders would claim to have not disallowed the true Christ of Scripture. But WHO they consider to be their spiritual brethren and WHICH Christ they believe the Father drew them to immediately and inevitably upon regeneration reveals whether the true Christ will be to them a Sanctuary or a Stumbling Stone.
“Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and [let] him [be] your fear, and [let] him [be] your dread. And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem” (Isaiah 8:13-14).
“Then let it be known to you, men, brothers, that through this One remission of sin is announced to you. And everyone believing in this One is justified from all things which you could not be justified by the Law of Moses. Then watch [that] the thing spoken in the Prophets may not come on you: Behold, [you] despisers, and marvel, and perish, because I work a work in your days, a work which you would in no way believe if anyone declares [it] to you. But the Jews having gone out of the synagogue, the nations begged that these words be spoken to them on the next sabbath. And the synagogue being broken up, many of the Jews and of the devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who speaking to them persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. And in the coming sabbath, almost all the city was gathered to hear the Word of God. And the Jews seeing the crowds, they were filled with jealousy, and contradicted the things being spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. But speaking boldly, Paul and Barnabas said, It was necessary [for] the Word of God to be spoken first to you; but since you indeed thrust it away and judge yourselves not worthy of eternal life, behold, we turn to the nations. For so the Lord has commanded us, I have set You for a Light of nations, that You be for salvation to [the] end of the earth. And hearing, the nations rejoiced and glorified the Word of the Lord. And as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. And the Word of the Lord was borne through all the country. But the Jews excited the devout and honorable women, and the chief ones of the city, and raised up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and threw them out from their borders. But these shaking off the dust of their feet on them, they came into Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and [the] Holy Spirit” (Acts 13:38-52).
“Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us [his] flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard [this], said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? [What] and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father” (John 6:43-65; underlining mine).
“And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers” (John 10:4-5; underlining mine).